Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes region, and northeastern North America; circumboreal.
Habitat: Meadows, forest openings, and open slopes from middle elevations to the subalpine.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Biennial or perennial, 0.5-8 dm. tall, often covered with stiff, blunt hairs.
Basal leaves oblanceolate or spatulate, the cauline ones ample to strongly reduced, lance-ovate to linear-oblong;
Heads usually several on somewhat glandular, curved peduncles; involucral bracts tapered and pointed; rays pistillate, numerous, erect, inconspicuous, white, up to 4 mm. long and 0.4 mm. wide; inner pistillate flowers rayless; pappus surpassing the disk flowers.